Passau Fortress

Passau, the last major city in Germany on the Danube and known as the City of Three Rivers, is located at the confluence of the Inn, Danube and Ilz Rivers. During medieval times, Passau was a trade center for "white gold" (salt).  The area was ruled by powerful monarchs with strong ties to the Roman … Continue reading Passau Fortress

Shoes on the Danube

Sixty pair of shoes, made of cast iron, sit on the bank of the Danube River just below the Hungarian Parliament in Budapest.   The shoes are old fashioned, all different styles, from all walks of life, worn by men, women and children from the 1940's. The shoes are a memorial to the thousands of … Continue reading Shoes on the Danube

Wachau Valley

The Wachau Valley Gorge, in northeastern Austria, is one of the most scenic stretches of the Danube River.  Beautiful and filled with so much history, it is a UNESCO World Heritage site. This magnificent castle-residence was one of the first we saw as we entered the gorge, just a little downstream from Melk, Austria.  The … Continue reading Wachau Valley

Vienna Graffiti

  The Danube River flows through the center of Old Vienna and graffiti is prevalent along its banks.  A beautiful city, even in the rain, but why are so many of the old buildings, walkways and retaining walls along the river vandalized with spray paint?  It looks out of place, almost revolting the way the "artists" … Continue reading Vienna Graffiti

Regensburg Stone Bridge

In the southeastern corner of Germany, where the Naab and Regen rivers flow into the Danube River, lies a well-preserved medieval town of Regensburg.  The Stone Bridge, completed in 1146, was the first bridge across the Danube, which opened major trade routes between Venice and Northern Europe.  It was recently cleaned as part of an … Continue reading Regensburg Stone Bridge

Chain Bridge

Chain Bridge is one of seven bridges that span the Danube River as it flows through Budapest.  Opened in 1849, it was the first permanent bridge that replaced ferries and pontoon bridges. The bridge was destroyed by the Nazis in WWII, rebuilt in its original form, widened and reopened in 1949.  The lighting and graceful … Continue reading Chain Bridge